This is an absolute MUST BUY for me, so I’m pretty excited to see Need for Speed Rivals ship for the PlayStation 4.  The game looks amazing, and by all accounts of our review, the gameplay is nothing short of fantastic as well.  The new Alldrive system sounds like a revolutionary approach to bring this series to the next generation.  Let’s get into the info on this incredible title while we check out the awesome launch trailer.

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – November 15, 2013 – A new generation of racing begins today, and it begins on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system! Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) today announced that the highly anticipated, high-octane racing game Need for Speed™ Rivals is now available on PlayStation 4 in North America and will be the only racing game launching with the new PS4 system this year. Set in a world with a variety of stunning environments and effects powered by the advanced Frostbite™ 3 engine, Need for Speed Rivals is injecting new innovation into the racing genre with AllDrive, a revolutionary feature that destroys the line between single player, co-op and multiplayer. AllDrive will forever change how racing games are played with friends seamlessly connecting gamers to one world where their single-player races and chases can collide at any time.

Winner of the official Game Critics Award for “Best Racing Game” at E3 2013, Need for Speed Rivals is “without a doubt the PS4’s very first ‘must have’ game” according to USGamer and “played and looked fantastic on PS4” said GameRevolution.com. So far, Need for Speed Rivals has received review scores of 100 from USGamer.net, 90 from Eurogamer Spain, 85 from AusGamers and 85 from PlayStation Lifestyle. The game will also be available for the PS4 system in Europe on November 29 and will launch day and date with Xbox One®, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, on November 22.

“At Ghost Games we were given the keys to the Need for Speed franchise to bring new energy into the genre and we’re doing that with AllDrive,” said Marcus Nilsson, Executive Producer, Ghost Games.

“Thanks to AllDrive, players can create their own organized chaos, going from driving alone to being in an all-out chase with their friends at an instant. These unexpected moments create the ultimate edge-of-your-seat experience, and this is the direction our team wants to take racing games in the next generation.”

Need for Speed Rivals glorifies the street’s ultimate rivalry, daring gamers to cross the line as either a cop or racer to gain the upper hand by any means necessary. Playing as either side of the law comes with its own distinct career experiences, each with their own set of high-stakes challenges, rewards, pursuit tech and cars. But this time, the stakes are at its highest level with an all-new scoring system where gamers put their Speed Points on the line and risk losing it all if busted.

The risk/reward system is pretty fantastic.  Playing it myself, I look forward to pushing the envelope and seeing how high I can rack the score against my friends.  The game shipped today for PlayStation 4, with Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC hitting on November 19th.   Put simply, pick this game up.  Do it. Now.